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BILL CRAWFORD — Mississippi’s thin racial veneer

by Published: February 22,2015

Tags: Business, education, Mississippi, NEWS, Racism

Race persists as a predominant part of Mississippi life. There are the disparities revealed by objective facts:   Most Republicans are white. Most African-Americans are Democrats. All statewide elected officials are white. Most prison inmates are black. Most wealthy Mississippians, business owners, bank executives, physicians, and plant managers are white. Most poverty-level Mississippians and non-elderly […] [...]

JEFFREY GITOMER — Turn ideas into ACTION to have a GREAT Year

by Published: February 19,2015

Tags: advertising, Business, gitomer, Mississippi, PR

Everyone wants to have a great year, and many start with a flurry. Problem is that many can’t keep up the momentum or maintain the dedication to make “great” a reality. The health clubs and gyms are already less crowded. Last week I posted my list of 21.5 things to do so that you can […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Girls running a filling station? Girls as pilots in WW II? Yes!

Fannie Flagg has been described as a born storyteller. Who can argue with that? Best known for writing Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, which became a hit movie, this Alabama author has written another good book. Pat Conroy says of The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion, “A beautifully told tale, world-class humor, […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE — Brian Williams’ trust ratings drop faster than anyones since Tiger Woods

It’s hardly a secret that Brian Williams and NBC are in trouble – more than 46 percent of voters in The Marketing Arm joint TVNewser poll last week said, “his career is over.” Now, headlines in The New York Times and PR Week note that Williams had lost his “lofty spot on a trustworthiness scale.” […] [...]

ALAN TURNER — Michael Callahan has a big job covering most of state

After growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, Michael Callahan says that he figured out that football was one avenue to career success. “I wound up going to the University of Southern Mississippi on a football scholarship,” he said in a recent meeting.  “I was the first member of my family to go to college, and I […] [...]

MARK BLACKWELL — Diversification is challenging for business owners

Savvy investors don’t put their entire portfolio in a single stock, yet owners of privately held businesses often keep the bulk of their wealth in one enterprise – their own.  This concentration means that business owners face a myriad of financial risks that others don’t have to worry about. For one, if anything hurts the […] [...]

BEN WILLIAMS and MOLLY MOODY — Never trust a trust

Coming to his own defense, the unrepentant Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett once retorted:  “If you can’t trust a trusty, who can you trust?”  The “trusty” in Governor Barnett’s story involved a prisoner on unauthorized extended leave.  This column pertains to the considerably less exciting legal practice where one person (the Grantor) transfers legal title of […] [...]

JOSH MABUS: The overdue truth about Facebook

by Published: February 19,2015

Tags: Business, Facebook, Josh Mabus, Mississippi, NEWS, social media

Facebook has become an inevitability in today’s business climate. And why? Because everyone is on it. Well, that’s not entirely true. Facebook has 1.9 billion mobile active users, which is impressive. And, 1.39 billion of those users are active over the course of a month, which means more people identify as active Facebook users than […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD — The impersonator grabs the spotlight

by Published: February 16,2015

Tags: Business, Democrats, GOP, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics, republicans

Uh oh, former state senator Tim Johnson and Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef have turned the public spotlight on an ugly thing politicians like to keep under the rug.     Johnson is a successful impersonator, mostly of Elvis Presley. Nosef suggests Johnson also impersonated being a Republican. Over a 20-year period Johnson was elected as […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS — The dirt on Kemper Coal

The State Supreme Court has told Mississippi Power and its parent Southern Company to refund money to almost 200,000 customers. The state’s Public Service Commission had given Southern Company permission to start increasing rates on customers in an effort to pay off what is easily the most expensive boondoggle in Mississippi history. Public Service Commission […] [...]

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